Turkey: Update to TUR25863.F of 19 December 1996 information on the security measures or controls in place at airports and other border crossings for all people wanting the leave Turkey; documents that must be presented upon exit; the security/law enforcement personnel present; action taken in cases where a person is wanted by the Turkish authorities
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||12 September 2001|
|Citation / Document Symbol||TUR37719.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Turkey: Update to TUR25863.F of 19 December 1996 information on the security measures or controls in place at airports and other border crossings for all people wanting the leave Turkey; documents that must be presented upon exit; the security/law enforcement personnel present; action taken in cases where a person is wanted by the Turkish authorities, 12 September 2001, TUR37719.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3df4beb414.html [accessed 21 May 2013]|
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According to the chief editor of Info-Turk, a Brussels-based human rights organization, every person leaving Turkey passes through a strict police and customs control where they must present their passport and national identity card (7 Sept. 2001). Every checkpoint is also under surveillance by national intelligence service officers (ibid). The electronic information systems at border crossings contain the name and description of people who are wanted or considered "suspect" by the police or judiciary (ibid). If a person is suspect or wanted by the authorities, they are immediately taken to the nearest police station to be interrogated (ibid).
Attempts to obtain information from the Turkish Embassy and from the Canadian Consulate in Ankara were unsuccessful within the time constraints of this Response.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Info-Turk. Brussels. 7 September 2001. Correspondence from chief editor.
Additional Sources Consulted
Jane's Intelligence Review
The Middle East
Middle East Report
Resource Centre. Country File, December 2000-August 2001
Unsuccessful attempts to contact the Turkish Human Rights Foundation
Internet sites including:
Human Rights Watch
International Relations and Security Network
World News Connection